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UNDERWOOD - Graton - What's the word?

Waterboy Sep 15, 2007 07:14 PM

I enjoyed a right tasty burger at the Underwood in Graton yesterday.

It's not Spanky's, who served a truely a great burger, but it was the best I've had this year.

Spanky's is no more....>sigh<

Just across the street under same ownership I had delicious folded eggs at the WillowWood this morn - - they do good things up there.

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    grubber4 Sep 18, 2007 02:00 PM

    Underwood is the only restaurant open late in the entire west county. It has a nice country grill style and feel to it and the bar is typically populated with a who's who of west county wine makers and vinters. It is on the same spot of the old (and infamous) Skip's Bar and Grill that was home to one of the greatest burgers of all time and a an owner name Skip who kept a shotgun under the counter.

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    1. re: grubber4
      Waterboy Sep 21, 2007 09:59 AM

      Memory shot.....Skip's you say, not Spanky's?

      I remember asking what makes them think their burger's so good. Waitress said "Well, just try it and you'll see." I did. They understated.

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      Sonoma County Girl Sep 17, 2007 10:02 PM

      I've been there three times and I just don't get it. It seems to be a hip, cool spot with a lot of young, urban people hanging out at the bar. But the service has always been poor for me and the food only marginal. Maybe I'm not ordering the right things... but I just don't get it. I love WillowWood. Their food and service was much better.

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      1. re: Sonoma County Girl
        Waterboy Sep 18, 2007 08:20 AM

        If memory serves, Sally Spitzer owns both places, Underwood being new.

        I've had so-so fare at the Underwood, but generally it's pretty good chow.

        1. re: Waterboy
          oakjoan Sep 18, 2007 11:16 AM

          Ah, the WillowWood Market. What a lovely place to have breakfast or lunch. On a beautiful day, the back patio is heaven on earth. I also love it for its weird assortment of items for sale. My husband once bought me a clock (red devil's face with a black beard pendulum) there. It was like $10 and lasted for years. I actually still have it on the wall but it doesn't keep good enough time to be reliable anymore.

        2. re: Sonoma County Girl
          Melanie Wong Sep 18, 2007 07:38 PM

          I had breakfast/brunch at Willowwood last Sunday, my first time back since the remodel. Just enough stuff on display to still call it a "market", lots more seating now. No problem getting a four-top at 9:15am. I had the eggs benny, love the light and lemony tart hollandaise here. Nice latte served in a bowl and fresh-squeezed OJ. Fortified me for a shopping jaunt at the Sebastopol farmers market immediately afterwards.

          Did anyone go to Graton Day on Saturday? What's it like?

          Underwood Bar & Bistro
          9113 Graton Rd, Graton, CA 95444

          Willow Wood Market Cafe
          9020 Graton Rd, Graton, CA 95444

          1. re: Melanie Wong
            kare_raisu Sep 20, 2007 11:09 AM

            I think they have a solid Huevos Rancheros here and I really dig the polenta. Wash it down with a kir royale.

        3. kare_raisu Sep 17, 2007 03:41 PM

          Favorite restaurant in Sonoma county

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            rosso Sep 17, 2007 11:21 AM

            I've heard from friends that Underwood is pretty good but haven't tried it yet..
            didn't Spanky's use to be in Fairfax, Marin county??

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            1. re: rosso
              Waterboy Sep 18, 2007 08:22 AM

              Gosh-a-mighty, you don't even want to think about the Fairfax location....two very different things.

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              misscotati Sep 17, 2007 10:05 AM

              Underwood is great. Warm, inviting interior. Cool bar with interesting cocktails. Yummy food, lively atmospohere. I loved pretty much everything about the place. The service was a bit off, but what they lacked in service, they made up for in their macaroni and cheese. It was to die for.

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